June 1, 2016 8:40:32 am
Three years since the Pune Municipal Corporation’s health department launched an initiative to keep a check on bogus doctors, officials have been able to register FIRs against only 28 such doctors who have been practising without valid medical degrees. Out of these, only two cases are being heard in the court.
At a recent meeting, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar urged officials to take steps to keep a check on bogus doctors and issued orders to take action against two more people practising ‘alternate’ medicine without requisite qualifications. Kumar told The Indian Express that he had issued orders a week ago and directed officials to follow-up on the cases.
In some cases, officials found the offenders practising naturopathy and electrohomeopathy, but selling allopathic medicines which is illegal. The focus was on slum areas, but officials said they are also getting complaints from middle class areas. Activist Ganesh Borade, who has been following up on several cases, claims that the civic administration was not actively pursuing these cases after complaints were filed about bogus doctors.
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Meanwhile, PMC has set up a database of registered doctors in the city. Dr Vaishali Jadhav, Assistant Medical Officer, PMC, said approximately 5,000 doctors had sent in their names, registration numbers and email addresses. Health officials have urged the medical community to cooperate, especially as the number of doctors who have registered is too less in a city with a population of over 40 lakh.
More than 8,000 forms were distributed to 15 ward offices each and in turn, the officials have been asked to reach out to the doctors to collect information. Doctors have been urged to send in information so that it can be uploaded on the PMC website.
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